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Terry is a 'U' shape brooch pin that can be easily pierced into many things (like feather, flower,)to create a unique accessory.
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What is it?

  Terry is a 'U' shaped brooch pin back that can be customised with whatever you want to create a unique fashion accessory. Use the short end to pierce a feather - or a soft toy - or anything - to create your own personalised look. 



The birth of ‘Terry’ ╰( ´・ω・)つ──☆✿✿✿

Hi, we are Kewei and Kayee! We used to be university classmates and roommates. We named our studio after our room number 403.

Kayee is working as a buyer in Hong Kong, and Kewei is studying Product Design at the Royal College of Art in London.  Before that, Kewei worked as a fashion accessory designer in both China and the UK - this included working in the atelier of renowned British milliner, Stephen Jones. Our work experience in the fashion industry made us aware of the ethical and sustainable problems within fashion industry.  

Fashion has a celebrated history with feathers.  However, behind their beauty, there's a cruel industry.  PETA claims that "workers in China – the source of 80% of the world’s  down – forcefully restrain geese and rip their feathers out as they  struggle and scream." The feathers taken from frightened birds also have reverse hair marks and vascular tissue left over, which detracts from their natural beauty.

A Goose feather sold on the market with bird blood vessel left inside.
A Goose feather sold on the market with bird blood vessel left inside.
Feather with reverse hair mark, which means the bird was frightened when the feather was taken
Feather with reverse hair mark, which means the bird was frightened when the feather was taken

However, it doesn't mean we can't enjoy the beauty of feathers.  There are many birds that live around us, and most of them will molt several times a year. It's quite easy to find a beautiful and natural feather on the street.

You might ask :"What I can do after I picked up a feather on the street?" Usually the industry use a lot of glue to trim feather on product, this is really unsustainable process and feathers can only be used once in one product. In couture industry the traditional sewing technique is extremely complex and needs a lot patience. So we came up with the idea of 'Terry' - a U shape brooch pin back. You can easily pierce 'Terry' into a feather stalk to attach it to a brooch. Then just wear it anywhere you want!

How to use Terry
How to use Terry

What else?

Other than feathers, Terry can also be pierced into many other things, like flowers, to make your brooch unique! Play with it!

Rewards

HK$ 10 or more

Thank you !!!!!!!!!!

HK$ 50 or more

1 X Silver Terry ‘U’ brooch pin back 

or

1 X Gold Terry 'U' brooch pin back 


HK$ 90

2 X Both Color Terry ‘U’ brooch pin back 


Manufacturing

We have been doing lots of prototypes to test the designs and also to calibrate them with the manufacturer. They are made from stainless steel with electroplated surface in silver or gold. The prototype you see in the video/photo are the final design. They got produced by a factory. It’s all ready to go.  

Terry will be shipped to you in a parcel envelope.  We’ve included a post card with our friend Mira's brilliant feather illustration with instruction on the back. 

Miles stones and days

 October – December 2018: research, ideas, prototypes and sourcing suppliers 
January 2019: Building campaign
February 2019: Launching of Kickstarter (Quickstarter) campaign 
March 2019: End of campaign and hopefully took your money to place a purchase order 
April 2019: 2 weeks production lead time 
May 2019: Quality control
July 2019: Ready to dispatch all rewards 
August 2019: Enjoy Terry on your hat/dress/shirt in Summer!

Thank you (づ ̄3 ̄)づ╭❤~

Thank you Oscar! 

Kewei was given the opportunity to take part in a Quickstarter workshop run by designer Oscar Lhermitte. You may know him from some of his Kickstarter campaigns such as; Moon and Tape Stickers.  Therefore, we decided to push this idea forward to bring it to the real world!  Thanks a lot to Oscar for giving us lots advice on the project. 

Thanks to Mira Nameth for her great illustration of the packaging.

Thanks to Chuanxu Li, Siyu Lei, Ned Quiney, Arya Huang, Martina Taranto, Jiangxue Han, Ruilin Quan for your help!

Thanks to Kewei's mum~

Risks and challenges

We both have working experience and has a good relationship with our supplier. Terry will be manufactured in China and shipped from Hong Kong. Usually it will spend 2-3 week to reach other countries. But as it is oversea shipment, there's a danger of lost delivery. If you didn't get your product as you expected you can e-mail us then we will ship another one for you.

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    1 X Gold Terry 'U' brooch pin

    Terry is an 'U' shape brooch pin back with tip on both end, the short end can be easily attached to many things (for example: feather, flower) to make your own unique brooch.

    Includes:
    • Gold Terry 'U' brooch pin back
    • Terry Postcard and Instructions
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    Pledge HK$ 50 or more About $6

    1 X Silver Terry ‘U’ brooch pin

    Terry is an 'U' shape brooch pin back with tip on both end, the short end can be easily attached to many things (for example: feather, flower) to make your own unique brooch.

    Includes:
    • Silver Terry ‘U’ brooch pin back
    • Terry Postcard and Instructions
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    Pledge HK$ 90 or more About $11

    2 X Both Color Terry ‘U’ brooch pin

    Terry is an 'U' shape brooch pin back with tip on both end, the short end can be easily attached to a feather (also many other things like flower) to make your own unique brooch.

    Includes:
    • Silver Terry ‘U’ brooch pin back
    • Gold Terry 'U' brooch pin back
    • Terry Postcard and Instructions
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    Ships to Only certain countries
    Limited 24 backers
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